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benghazi, nor islam. the president of the palestinian authority who worked closely with chris sent me a letter remembering his energy and integrity and deploring, and i quote, an act of ugly terror. many others from across the middle east and north africa have offered similar sentiments. this has been a difficult week. for the state department, and for our country. we have seen the heavy assault on our posts in benghazi, that took the lives of those brave men. we have seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful, internet video that we had nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless. and it is totally unacceptable. the people of egypt, libya, yemen, and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. and we will, under the president's leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the world. there will
or at the consulate at benghazi? they're saying some people were from outside the country and some even al qaeda ties. what's the latest information? >> jake, it's important to know that there's an fbi investigation that has begun and it will take some time to be completed. that will tell us with certainly what transpired. our current assessment, is that fact what began as was a spontaneous not a premeditated response to what had transpired in cairo, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this video that was disseminated. we believe that folks in benghazi, a small number of people came to the consulate to replicate this sort of challenge that was posed in cairo and then as that unfolded, it seems as hijacked, let's us say, by some individual clusters of extremists that came with heavier weapons, weapons as you know, in the wake of the revolution in libya are quite common and accessible. then it evolved from there. we'll get to see exactly what the investigation finally confirms. but that's the best information that we have at present. >> why was there such a security breakdown
was spreading and deepening. the american consulate in benghazi, libya, was in flames. and the ambassador and three other americans, dead, after militants attacked with gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades. by wednesday, the crowd outside the embassy in cairo had grown larger and the mood, ugly. the rhetoric now, a world away from the heady days of the arab spring last year. when i visited yemen during its own uprising, the atmosphere was optimistic. things have clearly changed. >> we do have to recognize that this kind of outrage that we're seeing in the region is a result of an enormous amount of frustration with the lack of fulfilled promises about the arab spring. the arab spring wasn't just about freedom and democracy. it was about social and economic progress. >> reporter: despite the death and utter devastation at the u.s. mission in benghazi, the state department insists there was a robust security presence. >> we determined that the security at benghazi was appropriate for what we knew. >> reporter: yet, just the day before the attack, al qaeda's leader urged libyans to retalia
and rubber bullets to keep a crowd away from the u.s. embassy in libya. on the streets of benghazi, libya, a different picture, hundreds of protestors protested tuesday's attack on the out by a rogue group of mill talents. four americans were killed including the u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens a rising diplomat seen here in a youtube video. >> my name is chris stevens. and i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant. then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. >> reporter: also killed? sean smith. an information specialist. >> as americans, we stand united all of us in gratitude for their service. i want to assure you we will bring their killers to justice. >> reporter: a terror group affiliated with al-qaeda has claimed responsibility for the well coordinated attack in libya. officials believe it was time to coincide with the 9/11 anniversary and may have not been linked to the film that sparked the angry protests in other cities and in cairo. president obama signaled what could be a change in u.s. relations with egypt saying in a tv
. >> reporter: she spoke of all those lost when the benghazi consulate was attacked by armed militants. sean smith, the technology specialist, who leaved two young children behind. tyrone woods, a former navy s.e.a.l., the father of three little boys. and his fellow former s.e.a.l., glen doherty, a beloved son and brother. >> we've seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to makes sense of that because it is senseless. >> reporter: but the message of today was not just of grief. it was resolve. >> so, we will wipe away our tears, stiffen our spines and face the future undaunted. >> reporter: indeed, the state department is in crisis mode, sending additional security to embassies around the world. david? >> martha, thank you. and martha, as you know, the reason for all of that concern tonight is this. an eruption of protests, big and small. in fact, 24 hours ago, in five countries around the globe, tonight, more than 30 countries. two more u.s. embassies stormed, even the new president
have known about the safe house in the u.s. consulate in benghazi. militants found it without a problem. >> hoond sight is 20/20. 30 american staffers and libyans were taken to the safe house. the government will not shut down at the end of the month thanks to a spending bill passed last night by the house. a stopgap budget band-aid to pay the bills, postpones negotiations over spending until after the election. paul ryan approved it. but this plan calls for $19 billion more in spending than his plan. the senate expects to pass the bill next week. >> did we see bipartisan action there? >> think we did. >> my goodness. apple reaching out to kus messieurs who cannot wait to get the iphone 5. making the smart phone now for online preorders. otherwise, face long lines when retale stores open up later this morning. prices for the thinner, lighter, model start at $199. they will arrive in stores in one week. going to have to pony up money for the new adapter and man adapter to the adapter. i like the new panoramic option though. >> looks pretty cool. must say. >> uh-huh. your friday forecast.
romney is now facing tough questions, too. while the battle in benghazi was still going on, romney attacks the obama administration as disgraceful. saying the administration's first reaction was to sympathize with those who waged the attacks. this was based on a statement from the u.s. embassy in egypt, condemning the anti-muslim movie, one issued before it was even attacked. in a press conference, romney was unapologetic. >> an apology for america's values is never the right course. >> reporter: eager to throw a punch himself, the president fired back on cbs news' "60 minutes." >> governor romney has a tendency to shoot first and aim later. as president, one of the things i learned is you can't do that. >> reporter: george, conventional wisdom has it that any day the campaign is not focused on the struggling economy is a good day for president obama. there remains unanswered questions about insufficient security at the diplomatic posts on the anniversary of 9/11. one that could potentially hurt president obama. >> you also raise that question in your piece. now that the president
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